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Maria Sharapova Appears in Good Spirits Amid Suspension

Maria Sharapova lets out a smile while going grocery shopping at Whole Foods on Tuesday (March 8) in Los Angeles.

The 28-year-old tennis player appears to be in good spirits following the reveal of her impending suspension from the International Tennis Federation due to a failed drug test.

While the ITF has not announced her punishment yet, Maria faces a four-year suspension from professional tennis, though the sentence could be lessened as she unintentionally used a banned substance.

Maria has lost several major endorsements since she revealed the news on Monday.

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Serena Williams Praises Maria Sharapova for Honesty with Failed Drug Test (Video)

Serena Williams is speaking out in support of fellow tennis player Maria Sharapova and praising her for being honest about her failed drug test.

The 34-year-old tennis star reacted to the news during a press conference for her upcoming BNP Paribas Showdown match with pal Caroline Wozniacki on Tuesday (March 8) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“I think most people were happy she was upfront and very honest and showed a lot of courage to admit to what she had done and what she had neglected to look at in terms of the list at the end of the year,” Serena said. “It’s just taking responsibility, which she admitted that she was willing to do and ready to do. Just hope for the best for everybody in that situation.”

“As Maria said, she’s ready to take full responsibility,” Serena added. “She showed a lot of courage and a lot of heart. I think she’s always shown courage and heart in everything she’s done, and this is no different.”

Both ladies said that when they take medication, they always check the banned substances list just to make sure they are in the clear.

“Any time we take any medication, we double, triple and quadruple check, because sometimes even things like cough drops or nasal sprays can be on the list,” Caroline said. “I think as athletes we always make sure to really make sure there’s nothing in it.”


Serena Williams Reacts to Maria Sharapova’s Failed Drug Test

Pictured inside: Serena and Caroline attending the World Tennis Day Celebration Gala at Essex House on Monday night (March 7) in the Big Apple.

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Maria Sharapova Loses Major Sponsors After Failed Drug Test

Maria Sharapova has lost a majority of her major sponsors after revealing that she failed a drug test back in January.

The 28-year-old tennis player has been the world’s highest-paid female athlete for the past 11 years, mostly from her many endorsements.

Nike, TAG Heuer, and Porsche have all announced that they have dropped Maria following the news.

“We are saddened and surprised by the news about Maria Sharapova,” Nike announced. “We have decided to suspend our relationship with Maria while the investigation continues. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

Maria‘s deal with TAG Heuer had ended in December 2015 and the brand was looking to renew the contract, but they are stopping negotiations. “We had been in talks to extend our collaboration. In view of the current situation, the Swiss watch brand has suspended negotiations,” the brand’s spokesperson said.

Porsche has announced that the brand will “postpone planned activities” with Maria “until further details are released and we can analyze the situation.”

Maria‘s punishment from the International Tennis Federtaion has not yet been announced, but a provisional suspension begins on March 12. A positive drug test calls for a four-year suspension, but because Maria unknowingly took a banned substance, the suspension could be reduced.

Maria Sharapova Announces She Failed a Drug Test (Video)

Maria Sharapova has announced that she failed a drug test taken back in January at the Australian Open.

The 28-year-old tennis player did not know that a drug she was legally using in the past had just been added to the prohibited substance list in January.

“I did fail the test and I take full responsibility for it. For the past ten years, I have been given a medicine called Mildronate by my family doctor and a few days ago after I received the ITF letter I found out that it also has another name of Meldonium, which I did not know,” Maria said during a press conference on Monday (March 7). “It’s very important for you to understand that for 10 years this medicine was not on the banned list and I had been legally taking the medicine for the past 10 years.”

“On January 1, the rules have changed and Meldonium became a prohibited substance, which I had not known,” Maria added. “I was given this medicine by my doctor for several health issues I was having in 2006.”

Some of the issues that Maria faced included the flu every couple months and the evidence of diabetes, which runs in her family.

“I know with this that I face consequences,” Maria continued. “I don’t want to end my career this way, and I really hope that I will be given another chance to play this game. I know many of you thought that I would be announcing my retirement, but if I was ever going to announce my retirement, it wouldn’t be in a downtown Los Angeles hotel with this fairly ugly carpet.”


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Serena Williams & Maria Sharapova Are Tennis Ladies In White At Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2016!

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are gorgeous ladies in white while arriving at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday (February 28) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 34-year-old tennis star and Maria, 28, both rocked similarly floral embellished ensembles at the event, which followed the 2016 Oscars.

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“Time for a change ✂️,” Serena captioned with her Instagram post before the event, referring to her new short hairdo.

FYI: Serena is wearing a custom Galia Lahav dress. Maria is wearing a Preen dress paired with Gianvito Rossi sandals, Anita Ko earrings, and a Farbod Barsum bag.

15+ pictures inside of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the Vanity Fair party…More Here! »

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Maria Sharapova & Roger Federer Get Ready for the Brisbane International

Maria Sharapova shows off her long legs in an all black ensemble while on the carpet at the Summer Nights player party at Brisbane City Hall on Saturday (January 2) in Brisbane, Australia.

The 28-year-old tennis superstar was joined by fellow player Roger Federer, as they chatted ahead of the 2016 Brisbane International.

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It looks like Maria is enjoying her time down under, taking to her Instagram to share cute snaps from coffee shops and restaurants.

“So many coffee cafe’s to choose from in Brisbane. This time at King Arthur. #EasyAfternoon,” she captioned an image sitting outside a cafe.

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Maria Sharapova Challenges Herself in Latest Porsche Ad

Maria Sharapova pushes her luggage through the terminal at Brisbane airport on Tuesday (December 29) in Brisbane, Aus.

The 28-year-old tennis superstar is in town ahead of the Australian tennis summer matches.

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Earlier this month, Porsche debuted a commercial featuring the blonde superstar playing an intense game against none other than herself!

The commercial stars some of the world’s greatest athletes including Muhammad Ali.

Check out the cool video below!

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